... when the staff of TV Licensing go on strike today.
More than 500 staff at sites in Darwen, Lancashire, and Bristol will strike after a ballot by members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU).
The CWU said workers had been offered a below inflation pay rise of 2.6%, following a two-year pay freeze.
Employers Capita said workers had received a "good and fair offer" in light of the economic climate.
So far, so usual. Union thinks rich bosses should share proceeds of ill-gotten gain with downtrodden workers. Employer thinks pay offer is extremely fair in the current circumstances and the union should butt out.
CWU, consider this: Capita won't budge. They have a history of not budging. The only chance you have is for the general public to rise up and demand that Capita renegotiate, a bit like they do when they can't get to work, or when their bins aren't emptied, or when Grandad stays unburied.
I can guarantee that people will not mind in the slightest if they cannot pay for their TV licence. In fact, they may well be overjoyed. The BBC may well portray it otherwise, for obvious reasons, but no-one else in the UK will either notice or care that you haven't turned up for work today.
And, by the way, in the UK, at least ...
'Licence' - noun - I forgot to get my TV licence.
'License' - verb -I forgot to license my TV.
If you get mixed up, remember advise/advice. It's the same issue, but as they sound different it's easier to remember. Practise/practice and prophesy/propecy too, although that's a little more obscure.
Don't thank me. All part of the service.